Colbert County DA’s Office seeking the death penalty in officer-involved shooting case

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 6:23 PM CDT
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COLBERT CO., Ala. (WAFF) - The Colbert County District Attorney addressed on Thursday the case against Brian Martin, who is accused of killing his friend William Mealback and Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner.

District Attorney Bryce Graham says he plans to pursue the death penalty against Brian Martin and that more charges could be forthcoming. The DA also addressed Martin’s previous guilty plea to a manslaughter charge in 2013 during the press conference. Martin was convicted of killing his own father.

The Assistant District Attorney says that the family of that victim signed off on the plea deal. The Assistant DA also addressed Martin’s time in prison saying he was released on “good time” served despite breaking multiple DOC rules.

DA Bryce Graham says he doesn’t understand why Martin was released early from prison and laid the blame at the feet of the Alabama Department of Corrections for that early release.

“It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in my life. A lot of people were catching flake or getting blamed for something they didn’t do and obviously with the type of violations he had I don’t know how in the world anyone with common sense can interpret that as being released on good behavior,” said Graham.

Murder suspect Brian Lansing Martin, who is accused of shooting and killing two people on Oct. 1, is out of the hospital and waking up behind bars Thursday morning.

According to Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry, Martin was booked into the Colbert County Jail on Wednesday evening. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson told WAFF 48 News, Martin was then transported to the Morgan County Jail due to lack of room and safety concerns at the Colbert County Jail.

Martin is accused of killing Sgt. Nick Risner and William Mealback and injuring Lt. Max Dotson. Martin, who was also injured in the officer-involved shooting, was released from Huntsville Hospital on Oct. 6.

Martin will face several charges including, four counts of capital murder, two counts of attempt to commit murder, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, abuse of corpse and felon in possession of a firearm.

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